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Planet of the Apes Soundtrack

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  • Performer: Paul Oakenfold
  • Conductor: Pete Anthony
  • Composer: Danny Elfman
  • Audio CD (July 24, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00005MKDX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,214 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Main Titles
2. Ape Suite #1
3. Deep Space Launch
4. The Hunt
5. Branding The Herd
6. The Dirty Deed
7. Escape From Ape City/The Legend
8. Ape Suite #2
9. Old Flames
10. Thade Goes Ape
11. Preparing For Battle
12. The Battle Begins
13. The Return
14. Main Title Deconstruction
15. Rule The Planet Remix (Remix by Paul Oakenfold)

Editorial Reviews

The original 1968 Planet of the Apes inspired a whole cycle of sequels, a television series, and this modern Tim Burton revamp. It also contained one of sci-fi's most original and haunting scores, composed by the great Jerry Goldsmith. In scoring his dark take on the story, Burton again turned the reigns over to longtime collaborator Danny Elfman, who promptly pays tribute to Goldsmith in the "Main Titles" (echoing the original's ethereal, descending glissandos), then sets about conjuring a marauding orchestral action score that's as fierce as it is relentless. With echoes of the dramatic tension of his Batman scores for Burton, this flourish-filled simian symphony nonetheless seems distinctly melody-challenged; not a bad thing per se in the genre, but still a far cry from Goldsmith's masterful, spare balance of dynamics and color. "The Return" offers up some respite from the Sturm und Drang but then succumbs to the era's favorite classical rip-off, er, "tribute"--Holst's Mars, the Bringer of War--while the percussion-driven "Main Title Deconstruction" grandly succeeds on more Goldsmithian terms. DJ-king-cum-modern-film-scorer Paul Oakenfold (Swordfish) concludes the album with a fresh, compelling mix of music and dialogue that gives Elfman his due and then some; a more proactive collaboration offers promise. -Jerry McCulley

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Planet Of The Apes ~ Planet Of The Apes

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It is very inspiring and I really feel the dramatic adventure.
This is one of the best Elfman soundtracks I've heard since his best work: Batman.
Phil Behnke
The movie itself was also cool but the music was absolutely awsome...

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By P. Bradley on July 26, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I've been looking forward to this CD for a good while, ever since I initially heard it featured a brass section of 12 trombones, 12 french horns, 3 trumpets, 6 tubas, and even a boy's choir. Well, the low brass is definitely there, and I suspect that there are more than just 3 trumpets blaring, but thankfully there is no choir. I saw thankfully because, if there had been, this score would be almost identical to Sleepy Hollow.
But unlike my other reviewers, I don't feel a score should be judged on how balanced the sounds are. If the movie calls for non-stop action, then "Hey! This is what you get!" Think about it, you have excitement when the ship crashes, when the human first enters the city, when the human (possibly) escapes something, when he forms an army, and when they do battle. If Tim Burton finds time for a creditable love interest throughout all this, I will be amazed (note, I said creditable).
The score is loud. It is one of the best percussive based scores I have ever heard. There are some great brass cues, and even the strings are given the melody for a while. The most noteable aspect is the use of synthesizers mixed in slightly with some of the opening themese. You notice them alongside the orchestrations, but they don't sound out of place. In fact, the sound is perfect. In a way, it's the type of mix you would hear when monkeys master technology.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By "" on July 24, 2001
Format: Audio CD
First, let me go on record to say that Danny Elfman is my idol (he says without shame) and is basically the reason I got into music in the first place. I consider him an unrecognized musical genious. And I'm serious about this. I own almost every album he's released.
Unfortunately, I find again to be less than overly thrilled with this latest effort, and I've finely figured out why. It's too much. Way too much. Good taste is all but discarded in favor of loud musical broo-ha-ha. This album is exteremly loud, testosterone pumping dissonance, with little in the way of sensitivity or musical understanding.
It used to be, for instance with Mission: Impossible (my controversial pick for Danny Elfman's best score ever) that by the time he got to this level of over-the-top musical excitement, as in on the train at the end of the movie, he had earned it. We were ready for it, and when the full orchestral and sampled percussive forces are unleased it's unstoppable. But here, we get this from the very start. By about the fourth track, there is no where else for the music to go, and the album suffers from boredom. Loud boredom it's true, but it's still boredom.
In my opinion this worked a lot better in Sleepy Hollow (and granted this score may be just what the movie ordered- we will see) probably because it was almost all accoustic so the musicians we're able to enjoy it. Here, they were probably passing out from exhaustion. Furthermore, the loudness and over-sampling and just blatant action score adrenaline masks what real substance there may be. It's like hyping something way up, blowing it way out of proportion, obscuring whether there really was anything there to begin with. I think Sleepy Hollow has something, a seed of brilliance, and Mission: Impossible is incredible.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Zachary S. Houp on February 26, 2002
Format: Audio CD
When the score for the re-imagined version of Planet of the Apes starts playing on your speakers, it can easily be a frightening experience. It is wild, it is harsh, it is loud, it is schizophrenic, it is seemingly disorganized. Then you listen some more. You go through a few tracks, some are like the opening, others are subtler--maybe not much, but at least the percussion takes a break. By the end of the album, however, there is an overall unity, exuberance, an underlying thematic quality that somehow turns this oppressive score into a success. Don't ask me how; just take my word for it. Since Danny Elfman came onto the film-scoring scene, he has been relatively diverse. He started silly, became thematically dramatic, then slipped into obscure minimalism. Planet of the Apes represents a new stage, or perhaps a whole new style completely.
Even with the first track, despite my hesitations to immerse myself in the style, I was overjoyed with what Elfman had done with this score. For anyone familiar with Jerry Goldsmith's work on the original, there is no dispute that it was unique--to simply use the word unique is to deprive it of the vulgarity it cherishes. If I said that Elfman's score comes across as initially oppressive, then Goldsmith's is like a recording of nails on a chalkboard played to the tune of painful infant screams. For this reason, the original score has achieved a lot of respect for its originality and the harsh way it coupled with the plot of the story. For myself, I need something that at least resembles music, before I stick it in a CD player. Was Goldsmith's score appropriate? Yes! Was it listenable? No! Does Elfman make up for this? Indeed!
Elfman's score can easily be sectioned into two opposing categories: Percussive pounding and simple strings.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 21, 2001
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Danny Elfman, in MY opinion, was the perfect choice to score the new version of The Planet of the Apes. Why? Because his style fits this kind of film.The main title is is superb.It starts out slow but becomes agrressive.When you hear it you think this is the most top notch/epic sounding main theme.Ape Suite #1 has alot of pounding drums and becomes very emotinal.Deep Space Launch is very action packed.You can just picture Leo Davidson going through the worm hole.The Hunt statrs out jungle sounding and all of of this drum pounding,synth music starts.It sounds like Elfman brought everything to this track except the sink!The Hunt plays a very big part in the film.Branding The Herd is a short but excellent track with great synth and violins playing.The Dirty Deed debuts General Thade`s theme.It is a emotinal but haunting theme.I don`t know how Elfman came up with it.Its one of the greatest I have ever heard. Escape from Ape City/The Legend is a bit emotinal for a moment but becomes action.At around the three minute mark you can just picture Charleton Heston telling Thade the truth,listen for the church bells.Ape Suite #2 start off with a bang.This is actully part of the end credits.It is so exstodenary,it starts out with stringS then horns and then gets into stronger strings and stronger horns and a rare sounding horn with metal beating in the backround.This track here is worth the price of the CD.By hearing Old Flames you can can see the conversation with Ari and Thade.Thade Goes Ape is,well this track goes ape.By hearing this you can just see the army of the apes marching!Its so cool.Preparing For Battle is a great action que.It just plows right along with horns and horns and more horns.It also has a whistle instrument that sound so neat.The Battle Begins is great,is flows with great action music.Read more ›
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